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The Longest Ride

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  116,979 ratings  ·  9,994 reviews
Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, s ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 23rd 2012)
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Danielle I loved Ira's story more then Luke and Sophia's! Such a sweet story…moreI loved Ira's story more then Luke and Sophia's! Such a sweet story(less)
Lora Swafford The book is ten times better than the movie. They are actually nothing alike. The movie skipped a lot from the book. Pretty much all of the book was s…moreThe book is ten times better than the movie. They are actually nothing alike. The movie skipped a lot from the book. Pretty much all of the book was skipped in the movie. The movie rearranged everything in the book and jumps from scene to scene. I would highly recommend you read the book. (less)

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Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mr Sparks

As I settle into my seat and begin to write
On my long haul Emirates international flight
I try to avoid all the sideway stares
Of passengers curious about my tears

I just can't seem to ebb the flow
And as my embarrassment starts to grow
I curse you and 'The Longest Ride'
For placing me on this emotional slide

Such wonderful characters you bring to life
First Ira then Ruth, his adored deceased wife
Then Sophia and Luke, a most unlikely pair
And a convergence of lives shockingly l
3.5 stars

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The Longest Ride made me remember why I was always such a big Nicholas Sparks fan growing up. I used to read every single one of his books as soon as they were released. Honestly, I picked this book up because the film is due to be released in a week or two and I’m dying to see it (Scott Eastwood as a bull rider… no brainer). I’m glad I did. I very much enjoyed both of these parallel love stories.

Ira and Ruth’s story starts in the 30’s/40’s. It’s a time of war. Ira is a 91 year old
Nur Ain Z.
2.5 stars

I can see why some people favour this book while the others don’t. I, for that matter, happen to fall into the third category – enjoyed the story but wasn’t entirely impressed by it. It was just an okay kind of story for me; sweet enough to leave you aching but doesn’t make you sugar-rushed, which is a tad disappointing to be honest. But then again, I don’t really know what to expect from Sparks’s books anymore. The last book of his I read was Safe Haven and that was only because I got
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Update: 7/11/13
Holy SHIT! Kindle Preorder price is $11.04?

Nicholas Sparks I love you but dang....You are already rich....I mean really....It's a digital book.....Unless it reads the book to me I do not like this price...
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New Nicholas Sparks Book in September!!! I am so excited!!
Jess | A Book to Remember
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rereads
I just finished this not too long ago and of course, like all of Nicholas Sparks' books - I loved it. I really enjoyed both love stories and the way in which each were told, how one showed a lifetime of love and the other the beginning of love. It did feel like two completely different stories and I had no idea how their stories would intertwine although I had my predictions but loved how they eventually came together. It's such a beautiful story <3

(First read in September 2013)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Longest Ride is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a very long time and has earned every one if not more of the five stars I awarded it. It is the love story of two very different couples in North Carolina whose lives seemingly have nothing in common with one another.

First, we have Ira and Ruth. The book starts right out with Ira who is 91 years old and has been in a car accident. He lost control of his car on a curve and has gone down a steep embankment and hit a tree and the we
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

The truth is that when I saw the trailer of The Wildest Ride I was super excited to read it!! And now that I finally read it, I'm even more excited to see the movie!!I really enjoyed this amazing story!! Nicholas Sparks is a very famous author!I have seen many of his books that have become movies but never before I have read a book of him!
Two different stories
two couples who are separated by years..


The one story is for Ira an old man, who had an accident,and he is recalling and retelli
Olga Shvets
Mar 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Mr. Sparks, I love to cosy up at home and read your romantic and inspiring novels from time to time, but this book was indeed an incredibly LONG and BORING ride. A complete disappointment.

The two story lines were trivial and uncoordinated. I do acknowledge that Ira's eternal love for Ruth was indeed worth admiration, however it seemed too similar to the Pearl Harbor movie or any other of the WWII love stories. It was nevertheless a million times more interesting than the whole story line of Luk
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this way more than The Choice

Having this image in my head didn't hurt either...

Jamie-leigh Haughn
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book wasn't quite what I had expected, it started out feeling very much like The Notebook but it didn't live up to that standard. Overall I enjoyed this book, not my favourite Nicholas Sparks book, but then again, not the worst!

I found it a bit slow at times and I didn't find that Luke and Sophia had great chemistry in comparison to other Sparks couples. I really like all of the characters as individuals, Luke was a dreamy cowboy who was a bit rough around the edges and Sophia was a very re
I’ve had a long reading relationship with Nicholas Sparks, and the best way I can describe it is unpredictable. Going into his each of his books, I never doubt he has a good story to tell. However, that story is not always for me. It unusually ends in one of two ways… I either hate it or love it. My most recent experiences have fallen a bit short, so going into The Longest Ride it’s no surprise that I was skeptical. With the movie being right around the corner, and the trailers seeming to be app ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
I'm sorry but this has to be one of the stupidest books I've read. Yes, I've already mentioned in past reviews that I'm not really a fan of Sparks' work.

So why do I continue to read them, you ask? Well, it's simple: I'm cheap. My town's library is tiny and has a miniscule selection of audiobooks--except for Nicholas Sparks' books, apparently. Checking out audiobooks from the library=$0. Well, why would I even listen to an audiobook if I can read a book from a much larger selection? That, too, i
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-books
4.5 A Journey Full of Life Stars

I’ve never rated a Nicholas Sparks book low, but I don’t really pick up his books unless it’s going to be a movie. So, yes, I am one of those, I have to read the book prior to the movie.

The Lonest Ride has all the elements I’m looking for in a cowboy theme book. I’m from Texas, so I take my cowboys seriously.

I’m listening to the audio version and I will be honest. If you have to do it any way, listen to the audio version, it’s fabulous. The voice actors were PERF
Dale Harcombe
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s no secret I am a fan of the novels of Nicholas Sparks. His characters and the way he writes suck me into the story every time. I like that he writes about true and lasting love. I wondered how different it might be this time, as this was the first time I had seen the movie before reading the book. Would that spoil it a little for me? No, I enjoyed the movie. But I adored the book.
The story concerns two sets of characters, the Jewish couple Ira Levinson and his wife Ruth, who had a passion
I don't readily admit to the fact that I have read all of Nicholas Sparks books. I don't know what I would answer if someone ask me "why". It's just a path I got started on and now it seems a shame to stop it. They are entertaining and well wriitten for the most part, although I have been frustrated at times for his habit of "killing off" his key characters.

But that doesn't happen here, at least not unexpectedly, and things end well, albeit a little far fetched. Two stories are told concurrently
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
At one point I would have given this book 5 stars based on the love story and the depth of the relationships. However, the resolution is a story that has been circulating the internet for years, and I felt cheated! I felt like this wonderful love story was no longer "original". Yes, it was a nice way to neatly tie the two storylines together and have a "tear inducing" ending (if you didn't already know the ending!), but Sparks basically lifted this ending from an email short story! Why would a t ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary

‘After all, if there is a heaven, we will find each other again, for there is no heaven without you.’

I feel terrible for giving this book a low rating, especially since Nicholas Sparks has been one of my favorite authors since several years; I mean I binge read A Bend in the Road, The Guardian and The Lucky One in a span of a few days in my study holidays in 2011! But this book… was a really long, tedious ride.

The first two-third of this was mind-numbingly dull. The two couples in questio
romance enthusiast
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I cant say that this book became my new favorite Nicholas Sparks novel because it was not. I must say, it was a nice story, and I think Sparks tried a different way of providing us of a good story.

For me it was a good book, I will not say it was great because I have to be honest it was not. There were more books from this author that was better than this one. Am a disappointed? Maybe a little. I am a big fan of Nicholas Sparks, that whenever a new book was coming out, I get so excite
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
remind me never to do that again.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Buggy by: Sarah
Opening Line: “I sometimes think to myself that I’m the last of my kind.”

Well I’ve gotta give this 5 stars because Nicholas Sparks did it to me again with another unforgettable romance. I just can’t help myself when it comes to his stuff. By now I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I’m not going to be guaranteed a HEA, which may actually be part of the attraction, it sure adds to the suspense factor as I never know who he’s going to kill off and I’ve thrown more than one of his books acros
Dilushani Jayalath
This would definitely go in my favourites of nicholas sparks. I'm not a big fan of Sparks at all. Like now it just have become way too cliché. Dying, saving a kid or an ex, it's always the usual. For some reason I liked this one though. Maybe I watched the movie before hand and then read it. For me personally this was my favourite Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation. I think I like it more than A Walk to Remember even.
This is basically the story about Luke Collins and Sophia who falls in love. Whi
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I’m a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and his novels, I’ve read every single book of his and truly treasured them, and so I was very excited about his latest release The Longest Ride.

91 year old Ira is trying to stay conscious after his car crashes, and whilst struggling to remain conscious he sees an image of his beloved late wife Ruth, who urges him to hang on and recounts their story and life together. Meanwhile, college student Sophia meets cowboy Luke she is thrown into a world far removed from
I have read books by Nicholas Sparks before, I have even loved books by Nicholas Sparks before but this one ... IT WAS THE LONGEST RIDE INDEED. . To me this just felt like Nicholas Sparks had this two not-yet-great ideas about two completely different love stories and he was like "You know what, Im just going to put this two together in a book and then find a way to make them connect, yup, that will work." But, gosh to me, it didn't work.

This one didn't even make me feel anything, it was bori
Loved it..
The Longest Ride gives us 2 different storylines that eventually intersect.
One showing us the beautiful everlasting lifetime love with Ira & Ruth & the other the exciting beginnings of a new & young love with Luke & Sophia. Both beautiful stories that will make you smile & also make you cry. A lot of readers seem to have a favourite couple, they preferred one story over the other but I really enjoyed both, nothing can compare to the beauty & excitement of new love, but also what more c
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I don't like audio books, and was surprised how long this was. I'm not a Sparks fan either but quickly downloaded this (highly rated ??) one as we went out the door on a 10 hour road trip. Seeing my Grandkids was awesome, and my husband is a saint for listening with me, and driving in the worst rainstorm I've ever been in. Luckily we had several great football games to listen to on the return trip and even though my team lost, football was much preferred. 2 stars ...more
Aishu Rehman
Throughout this book, I was very present. Two different stories seemed to unfold, each alternating almost chapter by chapter. One storyline involves a young woman who attending college in North Carolina for her last two years. By chance she meets a young man who came to her rescue near the edge of campus. He was driving back from a tournament because he rides bulls for a living. Not only is he good at what he does, he seems like a really decent, smart guy. The second, seemingly unrelated storyli ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beautiful-reads
A beautiful story. Once again Nicholas Sparks hits all the emotions in one fell swoop.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!!
A beautiful love story..
Narrated and written with much insight and feeling!!
Just what I needed, an uplifting and inspirational love story..

And not only for romantic people!!
After having finished it, Ira and Ruth, Luke and Sophia are so vividly pictured and engraved deep in me..
In fact, I cannot cease to think and meditate over and over again about this fictional people..

Also I cannot detect any fault or flaw at all in this novel..
For me its perfect..
Good at the beginning, then in th
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was my first Nicholas Sparks book and I don't think I'll read another one. This is one of my friends favorite book so I really wanted to like it. I'm also not a fan of the movie, but I thought that the book is going to be better. In some ways it was better, the movie and the book are really different, but the overall atmosphere of the book stayed the same and that was the main thing I had a problem with.
The story follows Sophia and Luke. Sophia is an art major, living in a sorority house,
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another heartfelt novel by Nicholas Sparks that I enjoyed! While favoring Ira and Ruth's love story over Luke and Sophia's and wondering mid-book how they would ever intertwine, they came together nicely in the end. If you are a fan of this author's work, you won't be disappointed. ...more
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Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the n

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